New Delhi, Jan 7 (IBNS) The renovated National Rail Museum in New Delhi begins a fresh innings with added features such as India's largest working railway model, many indoor displays, a garden, a restaurant, etc., after being inaugurated and dedicated to the nation by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.
Nearly 75 major exhibits have been restored to their original glory. Signages have been improved for enhanced visitor experience. The indoor displays have miniature models, brief descriptions and the latest touch screen displays to suit all age groups.
A new Toy Train, which is at par with international standards, has been added.
The simulators--including train simulators, diesel loco, steam loco and coach simulators--will allow visitors to take a ride and know more about the actual running of trains. The coach simulator, using state of the art 3D virtual reality, offers an insight into the development by Railways over 162 years and its contribution towards nation building.
Visitors can take home a copy of NRM Times showing them in the news.
The Rail Garden, a garden scale (1:22.5) model layout, depicts trains running across different terrains, passing through various historic stations, such as Delhi Junction, Guna, Charbagh, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Madras Central. Ropeways, funicular and mountain trains are other added attractions.
The new restaurant sports a replica of the central dome of Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a World Heritage Site.
The National Rail Museum was known as the Rail Transport Museum (inaugurated in Feb 1977) till 1995.
Spread over 11 acres, the rail museum has an extensive collection of rail exhibits that consist of more than 90 vintage steam, diesel and electric locomotives, royal saloons, and cranes and wagons.
World’s oldest working steam locomotive--the Fairy Queen (that features in Guinness Book of World Records), the 111-year old and world’s first steam mono rail that belonged to the Maharaja of Patiala, and the fully roadworthy 102-year old unique Morris fire engine that used to serve the Nizam of Hyderabad are part of the museum's priceless collections.
The museum registered a footfall of almost four lakh in calendar year 2015.
RITES, IRCON, CONCOR and the other public sector undertakings under the railways ministry also contributed to the comprehensive renovation program.
The National Rail Museum website, e-book, a mobile app and a smart card system for museum ticketing have also been launched.
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